Rafters Sai Brooks, Brett Bottorff, Steven Azul, Carrie Miller and Michael Broschert, all of Portland, prepare for a float down the Clackamas River.
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Preparing for launch.
Clackamas County Sheriff's patrol boat.
A canine rafter waits for launch.
Clackamas County officer talks with rafters before they take to the water.
Some shuttles exist between Carver and Barton Park to transport rafters but most prefer to drive themselves or ride with friends.
Flotation devices of all kinds launch from Barton Park.
County sheriff cars at Barton Park
Floating the Clackamas
Entry to Barton Park.
The days of the inner tube and the air mattress are long over.
Local resident Don Burton counts adults, kids, and rafts as they enter the Clackamas River at Barton Park.
On hot summer days, parking can be a problem at Barton Park.